To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom. Dietrich Bonhoeffer:


Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.---RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.---ABRAHAM LINCOLN
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.---ALEXANDRE DUMAS
“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones" --- Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes (Russian novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature (1970), b.1918)
“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” ---Kahlil Gibran

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Wrong Order

Oops, I won't be absolutely  talking about propriety, a system or even structure, will just speak about one of the common experiences I've been having in restaurants  even way back the very first time I came to Thailand.

Way back home, we often heard " let me talk to the manager"  in anything we found unpleasing. But naah, never had that single moment in here despite more wrong orders I got and   in times when I was really starving. It could be worth the annoyance for real.

There should be a reason behind and some of my  views on the issue.

Many times it happened to me getting the wrong orders but I never complained even at once. I thought it was a way and my chance to try a new dish. Apparently, when we are away from home our knowledge on food in a new place  is generally limited and getting the wrong order has helped me appreciate new dishes and even loving them. That is aside from improving my Thai food vocabulary. I just asked what the name of that food served and took the same order in the next meal.

Though it was beneficial to ask what's the most recommended dishes which sometimes some staff we hesitant to answer, but it comforted in some way. It did the same thing asking what dish was the most ordered.

I craved for steak last night for dinner so I went to the nearest restaurant from home. I was excited to get myself some good and a big meal. I ordered grilled fish steak and chicken in teriyake, plus wanting to keep  french fries as the side order, I added  rice and an onion soup. The drink should be a glass of punch.

It was a busy evening lots of customers in there in fact all the tables were taken and some others were waiting to be seated. The restaurant supervisor took my order gladly, I  recall  that  repeated the orders highlighting I wanted an additional rice and not in exchange of french fries.

After  a bit of  waiting I got my plate. I held for another minute for my soup but it didn't came so I had to request for it minding I should have my onion soup first. The soup came and later I started with my steak only to find out that it was PORK and not that chicken I ordered plus there was no french fries along with it, it just had  rice instead.

There wasn't any point of  irritation in my part at least, then I just ate my food and appreciated what was served, didn't like to ruin my mood. I was just fine, glad the pork steak turned out to be awesome. The meat was tender, juicy and tasty.  I had it with orange juice, yes ....and not the punch I ordered.

Anyway, for some it's stupidity to get something one didn't order on the other hand I see it as an opportunity for other dishes that may suit one's taste. Last night's experience wasn't of Thai food experience but being here, it won't be surprising to have the same situation whether it's Thai food or not.

One thing I learnt also that I think there's no need  to get pissed off with food, minding many can't afford to have a decent meal and even knowing some devouring dishes availability. I'm still thankful I get lots of variety from time to time, new food and taste. Then there's nothing wrong after all, perhaps getting wrong to be just exactly the right thing to happen.

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